Israeli police protect extreme right-wing march into Arab town
Israeli police and Arab residents clashed in northern Israel on Wednesday as a group of extreme right-wing Jews tried to march through the Arab Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm. Hundreds of policemen fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse angry youths, who burned tyres and hurled stones in protest ahead of an extremist rally in their town.
Some 20 Jews turned up for a protest march calling for a ban on the wing of the Israeli Islamic Movement, which is led by the now detained preacher Sheikh Raed Salah. "Death to terrorists!" they chanted, waving banners reading: "Make the Islamic Movement illegal," and "Death to Raed Salah."
Police said they arrested 10 Arabs for stone throwing, and at least one person was wounded -- the town's member of parliament, Afu Agbaria, who was taken to hospital, AFP said.